The Search for Life at Earth’s Extremes

Amanda Stockton's NASA-related astrobiology work is the focus of ScienceMatters Season 3 Episode 3

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Amanda Stockton's NASA-related astrobiology work is the focus of ScienceMatters Season 3 Episode 3.

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The search for life elsewhere in the solar system can start at the most inhospitable regions of Earth, like Iceland’s volcanic landscape, or frigid Antarctic waters. Amanda Stockton, assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, talks about her astrobiology field work for NASA. 

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When she wasn't in a Georgia Tech classroom in 2018, Amanda Stockton was likely found in the extreme environment of Iceland, in a fire-and-ice scene right out of a "Game of Thrones" episode.

Stockton's work among the volcanoes and glaciers could tell us more about the prospect of habitability – developing and sustaining life – in extreme environments elsewhere in our solar system, such as Mars or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. 

“Searching for Habitability at the Extremes," the title of a Stockton lecture about her NASA work, is also the focus of Season 3 Episode 3 of ScienceMatters, the podcast of the Georgia Tech College of Sciences.

Stockton, an assistant professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is part of a NASA program called FELDSPAR, or Field Exploration and Life Detection Sampling through Planetary Analogue Sampling. Since flying to areas around the solar system is rather expensive, it’s a lot cheaper to use locations on Earth that are terrestrial analogs of these extremes, to better understand whether those places could actually be habitable.

Each ScienceMatters episode includes a quiz that refers to facts mentioned in each podcast. A winner will be chosen randomly from all who submit correct answers. Winners will receive special College of Sciences merchandise such as t-shirts and pens.

The Episode 3 quiz question:

Scientists think this region of Chile comes closest to mirroring the terrain that might be found on Mars. What is the name of this area?

The winner will be announced in the following week.

Submit your answer here: https://forms.cos.gatech.edu/sciencematters-season-3-episode-3-quiz

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College of Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, EAS, School of Biological Sciences, School of Mathematics, School of Physics, School of Psychology

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  • Created On: Sep 30, 2019 - 10:33am
  • Last Updated: Oct 1, 2019 - 1:54pm